Monday, January 22, 2018

Bus loads of supporters cheer PM


IN THEIR NUMBERS: Protesters participate in yesterday’s march on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. —Photo: Stephen doobay

Mark Fraser

We don’t want no change! We want Kamla!

These were the shouts outside Parliament yesterday from United National Congress (UNC) supporters who gathered outside the International Waterfront Centre, 1A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain in solidarity with the People’s Partnership (PP) Government. When Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar arrived she took the time to shake hands and receive the good wishes of the crowd before going inside to yesterday’s sitting.

Sport Minister Anil Roberts was also mobbed by yellow-clad well-wishers who all wanted to shake his hands and assure him of their support. This was in stark contrast to the massive march mobilised by trade unions and opposition forces yesterday in Port of Spain, where the ganja video incident allegedly involving the Sport Minister was the focus of steady lampooning.  Both the PM and Roberts declined to give media interviews.

Just after noon, a number of buses and maxi taxis lined Wrightson Road in the vicinity of the Breakfast Shed, adjacent to Parliament, bringing in scores of supporters in UNC yellow T-shirts.

A large group was seen wearing T-shirts from the Caroni Central Constituency represented by sacked MP Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.

The supporters were armed with placards all pro-Government and which praised Persad-Bissessar.

A large number of police officers were present outside the Parliament to ensure law and order and barricades were placed in front the entrance to the Parliament.

Businesses at the Breakfast Shed were visibly thrilled as all food was sold out even before lunch period was finished as many UNC supporters filled the area and had their lunches.

The crowd  stayed for a couple hours and later disappeared from the Waterfront after staying to show their support for about two hours.